Video: Cellist is paintballed for charity

PUBLISHED: 11:48 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:51 04 May 2010


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HECKLING was taken to a new level for King s School teacher and member of Extreme Cellist James Rees at the weekend. Mr Rees collected sponsorship for allow his audience to paintball him while he played the cello in the school grounds on Saturday. His stu

James Rees

HECKLING was taken to a new level for King's School teacher and member of Extreme Cellist James Rees at the weekend.

Mr Rees collected sponsorship for allow his audience to paintball him while he played the cello in the school grounds on Saturday.

His stunt was one of a number of sponsored events on the day, which included a fashion show and a range of musical events that raised money for Africa Aid.

It was the latest in a string of musical stunts performed by Mr Rees in the name of charity. Over the last six years, he and two friends - collectively known as The Extreme Cellists - have raised more than £15,500 for good causes across the UK - playing impromptu concerts as they ran half-marathons and climbed mountains. In 2006, they played on the roofs of all 42 Anglican cathedrals in the England, including Ely, in the space of 12 days.

Last July, the Extreme Cellists completed the Four Peaks Challenge, performing concerts from the summits of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Carantouhill.

On Sunday, the intrepid musicians ran the Sheffield Half-Marathon stopping regularly along the 13.1 mile route to play mini concerts.

King's School raised more than £5,000 in total during their Charity Action Day.

Liz Sayers said on behalf of the school: "It was a brilliant day and we had lots of support.

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